Palo Alto Weekly

News - April 2, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 31)

Fairmeadow: The commission voted to recommend not creating a single-story overlay district in the Fairmeadow neighborhood. The commission also directed staff to conduct a new survey of a 127-home section of the neighborhood to measure residents' interest in the new overlay district. Yes: Garber, Keller, Fineberg, Martinez No: Tuma, Tanaka

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 31)

Ameresco: The commission recommended that the City Council approve two contracts with energy firm Ameresco, which burns landfill gas and converts it to electricity. Commissioners Eglash, Melton and Keller said they would prefer 20-year contracts with Ameresco, while commissioners Foster and Ameri said they would prefer 15-year contracts. The Finance Committee will discuss the contracts on April 6. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (April 1)

California Avenue: The board held a study session on Phase 2 of the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Plan, which includes new benches, kiosks, bike lockers and newspaper boxes along California Avenue. The board was generally pleased with the proposal, but members criticized some of the benches and kiosks in the plan. Action: None

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